WD800 Hard Drive Recovery

December 13, 2009 at 13:36:51
Specs: Windows XP
My Western Digital hard drive filled up & locked up. Runnin windows XP w/service pk3. Reloaded windows on another drive and installed the WD800 as the slave but now XP will not detect the drive. The drive can be found in "Device Manager" but is not selectable in Windows. Suggestions?

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#1
December 13, 2009 at 13:54:41
Is it seen in Control Panel>Admin Tools> Computer Management> Disk Management

If so then you can take ownership and it should then appear in "My Computer" to give you access to the files for cleanup purposes.

No need now for the lecture on not filling a drive above 85% capacity. You know the reason.

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#2
December 13, 2009 at 14:02:40
Below is a link for instructions on how to take ownership of files/folders in WinXP.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421


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#3
December 14, 2009 at 18:20:06
Still no joy.

In DISK MANAGEMENT, that hard drive is listed “unallocated” and its’ properties tab does not offer a security tab. The “c” drive and its’ partition (“d”) both say “healthy” and when I right click and select properties I get access to the security tab.

On Start-Up, I get “PRI SLAVE HARD DISK S.M.A.R.T. COMMAND FAILED” and also during the original lock-up I would get “MTLDR file is missing”

Any more suggestions? All the help is greatly appreciated.


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#4
December 14, 2009 at 19:20:37
Didn't think to add that bit of info in your original question?

If the drive is failing SMART then you may not be able to recover your data. First step now is to download a HDD diagnostic tool from WD. The tool runs from a bootable floppy or CD. Run the non-destructive tests. You might also be able to run chkdsk on it to see if the file structure can be repaired. In Disk Management when you check the disk properties are you gicen the option to check disk errors? If you can enable this it will run chkdsk on reboot.

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